Iraqi commander assassinated
"Assailants have killed Iraq's highest-ranking soldier in an attack in the country's capital.
An armed group pulled up next to the car of Ihsan Sadek, a lieutenant-colonel, in eastern Baghdad on Saturday and shot him using weapons equipped with silencers.
Sadek later died in hospital due to his injuries.
He had been the director of the Baghdad Operations Centre, which oversees the city's checkpoints.
In a separate attack, a police commissioner was shot dead in eastern Baghdad on Saturday.
The deaths came three days after suicide bombers attacked a police headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing the commander and three other officers.
Assailants frequently target Iraq's security forces as US troops prepare to leave by the end of 2011.
These attacks are believed to be intended to undermine Iraqi law enforcement."
Iraq attacks kill two policemen, mayor's wife
"Baghdad gunmen killed two policemen and a bomber killed a mayor's wife in northern Iraq on Saturday, security officials said.
Baghdad police officer Lieutenant Colonel Ihssan Ali was shot twice in the head while driving his car near central Baghdad, an interior ministry official said.
He said that another policeman driving a vehicle was killed by a gunman with a silencer in the Baladiyat district of Baghdad.
In the city of Baquba north of Baghdad, a bomb exploded at dawn at the home of district mayor Karim Zuhair, wounding him and killing his 47-year-old wife as the couple slept, the city's security headquarters said.
Baquba is the capital of multi-ethnic and multi-faith Diyala province, which together with the provinces of Baghdad and Nineveh in the north remain Iraq's most violent regions.
Political unrest has significantly declined since its peak in 2006-2007, but deadly attacks remain a part of daily life."
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